Be honest. Would you prefer a bag of potato chips or a head of broccoli? Well, a handful of regular potato chips has around the same amount of calories as 3 heads of broccoli, and while some of us are fortunate enough to have a choice between the two, many do not.
In Cleveland neighborhoods, like Tremont, that lack access to full-service grocery stores, many families depend on corner stores for their groceries – where options are limited to processed junk food, tobacco, alcohol and no fresh produce. There is a clear need for an immediate, community-driven solution to food insecurity in Tremont (and Cleveland) that creates innovative, public-private partnerships and utilizes existing food retail outlets. The Healthy Corner Store Initiative is a community-based approach focused on encouraging healthy living in Tremont by improving the neighborhood’s food environment and increasing community members’ food knowledge. The initiative aims to carry out its mission by accomplishing the following goals:
1) Work with five store-owners to get fresh produce (locally sourced, when possible) into their stores by connecting them with local produce distribution sources.
2) Provide community education about the importance of healthy eating to encourage the consumption of the newly-available produce
3) Conduct research and evaluation of the initiative through collaboration with community partners, with a view toward expanding the project to other Cleveland neighborhoods.
Please consider supporting this program, and positively impact long-term health outcomes and quality of life for Tremont families.